Thursday, May 26, 2005
Celtic Tree Month of Hawthorn
Cloudy and cool
Roughed out the two articles due on the 1st, so it wasn’t a completely lost day yesterday. But, most of the day was just feeling exhausted and out of sorts, triggered by a long theatre day the day before. I have to figure out how to do the theatre work well without using up all my energy there so that I have enough left for the writing.
The messing around with the photo programs yesterday is decent. If I can remember what I did and build on it, I might be able to do what I want – eventually.
Last night’s Lost: Hmmm. Mixed response. There was a great deal I liked, but, overall, I felt manipulated, and that left me feeling annoyed. The writing and the acting were quite good, but where I think the piece is going . . . not sure. Loved the short scene between Jack and Kate where he tells her he needs to know she has his back. That’s the greatest gift he could give her. He knows that she has the intelligence and the strength and the resourcefulness in a bad situation. Even if he doesn’t completely trust her – he needs her. What struck me, especially after the scene last week between Jack and Sawyer – if Sawyer had not left the island on the raft, he would have had that same conversation with Sawyer. Sawyer and Kate can both get the job done when others falter. It was great to see Matthew Fox have a chance to shine last night – Jack had to maneuver through complex situations that were all completely shades of gray – he was working his way through a physical and emotional minefield, and lost much of the self-righteousness I found so annoying earlier in the season. Hurley – Jorge Garcia hits every note perfectly. He’s become one of my favorite actors. In both the flashbacks and every scene on the island – he says what we’re all thinking and feeling, and yet keeps surprising us. Walt as the object desired by “the Others” – why so much surprise? The second he touched Locke’s hand and told Locke not to open the hatch – boom, there’s your foreshadowing that he’s really the one they wanted. On top of that, once Danielle said that “the Others” hadn’t come – who else is left? Walt. In this case, they’re following the rules of mythological, mystery, and theatrical drama construction. And they did it well. I’m disappointed that Charlie picked up the heroin. His character has grown so much during the course of the series, and to give him the easy choice – doesn’t work for me. The cut at the end of the scene frustrated me – I wanted to see him make the choice NOT to take it. By cutting, the creators tipped me off that he had, and it was unsatisfying. I liked Sayid’s cauterization of Charlie’s wound – inventive and completely in character. The scenes on the raft were great the dynamic between both the characters Sawyer, Michael, Walt and Jin – as well as the actors’ chemistry – was great – and showed us how much each of these men has grown over the course of series. They’ve chosen to depend on each other and work as a team. I knew Sawyer would get shot – not because he had a gun, but because in the interview a few weeks ago, he’d mentioned he didn’t want to die. I don’t think the character will die – not at the beginning of next season anyway – but it was a clue that something was going to happen. I think the actors have been coached into what they can and can’t drop into interviews. I admit, I hoped for a moment that the dynamite hadn’t blown up the hatch, but no such luck. I liked the sequence of shots of the characters boarding the plane – we now know who they are and care about them, which we didn’t at the sight of the first episode – although I felt manipulated (told you we’d keep seeing Boone). Loved that there was a polar bear on the back cover of Hurley’s comic book, and all the little character crossovers and walk-throughs that the audience can now appreciate. The last shot was a disappointment – we knew it was coming from the day the hatch was discovered – I wanted a surprise as the last shot, not something expected.
The flashbacks are the part of the show that usually work least for me, mostly because I get so far ahead of their direction. What was good about most of the flashbacks this time was that they were truly a gift to the audience with the characters’ interaction before the crash. Much as I like Dominic Monaghan’s work, I didn’t need his flashback in the hotel room – we remember he’s an addict, we’re not stupid. I saw the cut scene between Charlie and Claire on this morning’s GMA – while I like their interaction, I’m glad the scene was cut – again, the audience is smart enough to know the information and it was hitting us over the head with a mallet.
The details were what set this apart in a good way, and there was more that worked than didn’t – I just wish the last moment was something more unique to carry with me until next season. It will be interesting to see which of the several possible directions they take now. And, as a writer who likes to juggle large ensemble casts in my own work, I learn a lot from each episode on a technical level. They draw from many archetypical and mythological sources, yet present their view on their sources uniquely, which I like. And the way they keep the multiple storylines balanced is wonderfully organized, while only occasionally feeling forced.
Off to the city to attend the Ashes and Snow exhibit. I can use the creative jolt to get me going for the weekend.
Preakness Wrap-Up is up on FemmeFan:
There was an intriguing short report on the news last night that archeologists believe they’ve found Blackbeard’s Queen Anne’s Revenge off the coast of North Carolina. While I think that’s exciting (his death is mentioned in a recent episode of Cutthroat Charlotte), nothing in the news story said why they believe it’s his ship. Everything brought up thus far could be from any ship traveling in the waters at that time. It could even be a ship he chased, caught and sank. I wanted to know what made them think it was his ship? Was it cut by some producer with no knowledge of history due to time constraints? Or was it never part of the story? Did the reporter even do any research? It didn’t sound like it in the broadcast. Very disappointing.
Off to catch a train.
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